Saddle FAQs:

Q: Is a saddle a supportive structure for a rider or other load?

A: Yes, and fastened to an animal's back by a girth.

Q: Are saddles noted for their wide seats and high horns?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a saddle usually one of the defining features of saddle quality?

A: Yes.

Q: Are saddles still produced and are now used in exhibitions?

A: Yes, and parades and other events.

Q: Is a saddle often considerably heavier than an English saddle?

A: Yes, and the tree is designed to spread out the weight of the rider and any equipment the rider may be carrying so that there are fewer pounds per square inch on the horse's back and, when properly fitted, few if any pressure points.

Q: Is a saddle clean?

A: Yes, and a conditioner is used to restore moisture removed by the cleaning process.

Q: Are saddles used for English riding throughout the world?

A: Yes, and not just in England or English-speaking countries.

Q: Was a saddle manufactured with a fixed tree?

A: Yes, and broad panels to spread the load, and initially a front arch in three sizes.

Q: Was a saddle developed by François Robinchon de la Guérinière?

A: Yes, and a French riding master and author of "Ecole de Cavalerie" who made major contributions to what today is known as classical dressage.

Q: Was a saddle made using traditional methods and featured a seat blocked from sole leather?

A: Yes, and which maintained its shape well.

Q: Are saddles classified as Chinese-style or Japanese-style?

A: Yes, In the Nara period the Chinese style was adopted, gradually the Japanese changed the saddle to suit their needs and in the Heian period, the saddle typically associated with the samurai class was developed, these saddles known as kura were lacquered as protection from the weather.

Q: Is a saddle intended?

A: Yes.

Q: Are saddles more difficult to adjust?

A: Yes, though use of shims and padding can compensate for some changes.

Q: Are saddles similar to western saddles and have a tall metal horn?

A: Yes, and low front and back, reinforced hand holds and extended double rigging for a wide back girth.

Q: Was a saddle built on an adjustable tree and consequently only one size was needed?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a saddle built of laminated layers of high quality wood reinforced with spring steel along its length?

A: Yes, and with a riveted gullet plate.

Q: Are saddles fitted?

A: Yes, though the length and placement of the flaps or fenders of the saddle also influence a person's leg position and thus the way an individual sits.

Q: Are saddles also easier to fit the horse, particularly in the area of the horse's scapula?

A: Yes, Opponents of treeless saddles argue that they create abnormal pressure points and over time can cause as many problems as an ill-fitting treed saddle.

Q: Are saddles cleaned using saddle soap?

A: Yes, and followed by a conditioning product that will restore the natural oils back into the leather.

Q: Is a saddle the American western saddle?

A: Yes, and followed by the Australian Stock Saddle.

Q: Are saddles not usually marketed by seat width?

A: Yes, and designs do vary, and the only way a rider can determine the proper fit of a saddle is to sit on one.

Q: Was a saddle its lightness?

A: Yes, and ease of repair and comfort for horse and rider.

Q: Are saddles saddles originally designed to be used on horses on working cattle ranches in the United States?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a saddle introduced in the 1850s by George B?

A: Yes, McClellan for use by the United States Cavalry, and the core design was used continuously, with some improvements, until the 1940s.

Q: Were saddles used by the mounted forces from Australia?

A: Yes, and Britain, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.

Q: Is a saddle the primary means by which a saddle is measured and fitted to a horse?

A: Yes, though length of tree and proper balance must also be considered.

Q: Is a saddle still controversial?

A: Yes, and however, there is a general rule for fitting where no damage should occur to the horse's skin and no injury should be presented to any muscular or neural tissues beneath the saddle.

Q: Were saddles fitted with metal staples and dees to carry a sword?

A: Yes, and spare horse shoes and other equipment.

Q: Is a saddle its flatter appearance?

A: Yes, and the lack of a horn, and the self-padding design of the panels: a pair of pads attached to the underside of the seat and filled with wool, foam, or air.

Q: Are saddles made with fiberglass trees with limited durability?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a saddle developed from the Spanish saddles that were brought by the Spanish Conquistadors when they came to the Americas?

A: Yes.

Q: Are saddles similar to the Tibetan style except that they are typically smaller and the seat has a high ridge?

A: Yes.

Q: Were saddles adapted to suit the needs of vaqueros and cowboys of Mexico?

A: Yes, and Texas and California, including the addition of a horn that allowed a lariat to be tied or dallied for the purpose of holding cattle and other livestock.

Q: Is a saddle built?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a saddle an important element of saddle care?

A: Yes, and critical in dry climates, over-oiling may rot jute or other natural fiber stitching, particularly in humid climates.

Q: Is a saddle the most critical component?

A: Yes, and defining the size and shape of the finished product.

Q: Were saddles improved upon during the Middle Ages?

A: Yes, as knights needed saddles that were stronger and offered more support.

Q: Were saddles made of felt that covered a wooden frame?

A: Yes.